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Mulhern, Wilks, Ronaldo Vieira - Three Leeds United wonderkids to watch in 2016

Which Leeds youngsters should fans be tracking in 2016?

Leeds United are a club well known for bringing through young players, with the likes of Lewis Cook and Charlie Taylor key to their recent success.

There is plenty of talent in the club's academy, and with Paul Hart back in charge, they have the best man to help maximise it.

Here are three players to keep an eye on...

Frank Mulhern

Ireland youth international Frank Mulhern made a strong impression for Leeds' youth teams early in the season, scoring for both the under-18s and under-21s. Described by manager Paul Hart as a 'throwback' in terms of his physical approach, he is the sort of player who would relish being thrown into the first team. He is also able to play off a main frontman, telling the club website this season it is his preferred position.

Malik Wilks

Malik Wilks has been in excellent form for the club's academy this season, scoring four goals in a single game in a 9-2 thrashing of QPR for the under-18s. He has also been used sparingly for the under-21s, and is expected to have a prominent role in the FA Youth Cup tie against Manchester City in January. His progress is one to keep a close eye on over the following 12 months to see if he can add to his promising reputation and earn a call up to train with the first team.

Ronaldo Vieira

The name alone suggests a world beater, now all the youngster has to do is live up to it. Ronaldo Vieira impressed on trial last season and earned a contract in the summer after turning 17. He even featured in a first team friendly in pre-season and has started getting game time for the under-21s.

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